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UM big man leads defense's big day

DURHAM, N.C. — Micanor Regis likes to teach Miami's defensive backs the proper way to break in front of passes and intercept them. Just one problem: Who would take that type of advice from a 305-pound defensive tackle?

Maybe the Hurricanes should.

Regis returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown, one of the season-high seven turnovers Miami forced during its 28-13 victory over Duke on Saturday.

"Big Regis, he's a funny character," Vaughn Telemaque said. "He's always messing with us as defensive backs and going to catch balls and trying to teach us techniques of how to catch the ball. He came up real big, and he came up with the touchdown."

Jacory Harris threw for a touchdown and ran for one. He finished 17-of-34 for 224 yards in his first interception-free game since the season opener. Miami bounced back from last week's lopsided loss to Florida State by rolling up 448 total yards and shutting down one of the league's top passing offenses.

Telemaque had two of Miami's five interceptions, all thrown by Sean Renfree, and the Blue Devils fumbled twice.

"It's all self-inflicted wounds," Renfree said. "It's nothing they were doing."

Regis came up with the play of the day to end Duke's first possession of the second half. The tackle dropped into coverage, stepped in front of Renfree's pass and rumbled into the end zone to stretch Miami's lead to 21-3.

"I've got to score," Regis recalled himself thinking during his run. "It was so close that I could touch it."

Damien Berry rushed for 111 yards, and his 1-yard score in the third put Miami up 28-10. Harris threw a 14-yard touchdown to Leonard Hankerson on the first play of the second quarter, dumping the ball off in the flat that allowed the 6-foot-3 wideout do the rest himself, flipping over the goal line to make it 7-3.

Those two also hooked up just before halftime on a 33-yard gainer one play before Harris scrambled in untouched from 13 yards, pushing the lead to 14-3.

A Miami defense that entered ranked No. 4 nationally against the pass harassed Renfree and locked down the ACC's top two receivers: Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner, who entered averaging 6.8 and 6.2 catches, respectively.

Varner's first catch didn't come until 3½ minutes left in the first half and Duke was down by double figures. He finished with four catches for 50 yards. Vernon didn't catch a ball until the fourth quarter. Duke, which averaged 295 yards passing, was held to 187.

"If we get turnovers, it's because we're getting sacks," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "If we're getting sacks, we're getting some type of turnover — maybe a quarterback hit, interception, because like anything, if the quarterback's throwing off his back foot, bad things happen."

E. Carolina 33, N.C. State 27 OT: Dominique Davis scored on a 1-yard keeper then Damon Magazu's interception sealed the host Pirates' win. East Carolina led 21-0 in the first quarter but needed Michael Barbour's field goal with 1:04 left to force overtime. "They have sacrificed and paid the price and have been battled and scarred," East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill said of his team. "And … that was special." Russell Wilson threw for 322 yards and a touchdown and ran for a touchdown for the Wolfpack. But he threw three interceptions and was charged with a fumble on a botched handoff. "They played their hearts out, and we didn't execute," Wolfpack offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio said. "We'll have to look ourselves in the mirror and figure out something we can do better as a team."

Va. Tech 52, Wake 21: Tyrod Taylor threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a touchdown for the host Hokies. Tech has won five in a row since starting the season with losses to Boise State and I-AA James Madison. It scored touchdowns on seven of its eight first-half possessions to lead 49-14. Taylor hit Logan Thomas for 3 yards, Danny Coale for 25 and Jarrett Boykin for 11 and scored on a 1-yard sneak. "We haven't been getting off to good starts," Taylor said. "And I've been telling the guys that we needed to start the game early from play one and get on top of them. That's what we did."

Clemson 31, Maryland 7: Andre Ellington scored on an 87-yard kickoff return and 1-yard run as the host Tigers ended a three-game skid. Before the game, Clemson retired the number of C.J. Spiller, who set an NCAA record with seven kickoff returns for touchdowns from 2006-09. "It was very special doing it in front of a guy like that," Ellington said. "Saw he had a big smile on his face. He was excited, and we were, too." The kickoff return came after the Terps took a 7-3 lead on a halfback pass from Da'Rel Scott to quarterback Danny O'Brien. The touchdown run made it 24-7 3:58 into the third. Clemson played without freshman DeAndre Hopkins.

N. Carolina 44, Virginia 10: T.J. Yates threw three touchdowns for the Tar Heels, who ended a 14-game skid in Charlottesville dating to 1981. On the game's first play, Yates threw a short slant to Dwight Jones, who broke a tackle and turned it into an 81-yard touchdown. North Carolina also got back two more players from the NCAA investigation into agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct, defensive end Linwan Euwell and tailback Ryan Houston, though only Euwell played. The investigation has left five others out for this season.

Ga. Tech 42, Middle Tenn. 14: Anthony Allen ran for two touchdowns for the host Yellow Jackets. Tech scored touchdowns on three consecutive third-quarter possessions. Allen, a graduate of Tampa's Jesuit High, ran for a 32-yard score. Josh Nesbitt hit Stephen Hill for 26 yards, and Allen's 5-yard run made it 35-7. "I believe we can score every time we get the ball," Nesbitt said. "We just have to execute our offense."

Miami 28

Duke 13

UM big man leads defense's big day 10/16/10 [Last modified: Saturday, October 16, 2010 10:51pm]

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